Samsung Galaxy A9 Star goes official in China with odd-looking design

Samsung Galaxy A9 Star goes official in China with odd-looking design
After numerous weeks of speculation and leaks, Samsung’s odd-looking Galaxy A9 Star is finally official and aims at stealing back some of the South Korean company’s lost market share in China.

Coinciding with previous images, the official Galaxy A9 Star looks much like a regular Samsung device from the front. This means a Super AMOLED Infinity display is present along with reduced bezels above and below. Aside from this, though, there isn’t much else going on up front, the only exceptions being the in-ear speaker and selfie camera. However, move on to the rear and it’s a completely different story. The usual Samsung design seen on budget devices has been removed entirely in favor of a different look that is said to have been inspired by Apple’s iPhone X. Starting off with the camera setup, a new vertical dual-camera module has been placed in the top corner of the device, with a dual-tone LED flash positioned just below. Because of this, the fingerprint scanner is riding solo in the center of the panel. However, it’s worth pointing out that the positioning of the sensor is pretty high. In fact, it more or less coincides with the height of bottom camera sensor. Also, the security feature boasts a much squarer design than the scanners seen on other Samsung devices.

In regards to what Samsung offers on the inside, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 is the most prominent feature and is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Also, battery life is set to be pretty impressive thanks to a large 3,700mAh battery that is combined with Android 8.1 Oreo straight out of the box.

On a separate note, Samsung did also announce a Galaxy A9 Star Lite, although this is simply a rebranded Galaxy A6+. In any case, for those interested in either smartphone, the regular A9 Star retails for the equivalent of $470, while the Lite variant goes for $310 in China.

source: Samsung (translated) via: TechRadar

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8 Comments

1. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

“Inspired”, ahaha

2. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 151; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

It's odd until apple copies it then its innovation.

4. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Why Apple need to copy it since Samsung mentioned inspired by Apple iPhone X lol.

5. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I think no. In the official website, they didn't mention that they're inspired by iPX

3. Amin20

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 04, 2018

Its not odd... but i agree with the @Pureviewuser1

6. Farcaster

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

No phone will sell well in China without a notch though.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"inspired by Apple’s iPhone X. " Maybe it was inspired by one of the phones that did it before the iPhone X.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

People are so f**king nuts. Even the Sharp Aquos S2 PA mentioned today in the notch poll article had that setup well before the IPhone X. People should stop getting high on cheap beer.

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